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Milton High student beats world records in weightlifting

Milton’s Stephen “Micco” Brisker broke three weightlifting records July 30 at the National Junior Olympic Games. (click for larger version)

Micco Brisker lifted 462 pounds in squat, 325 pounds in bench press and 512 pounds in deadlift. (click for larger version)

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November 06, 2012
MILTON, Ga. – Fifteen-year-old Stephen "Micco" Brisker, a Milton High School sophomore, broke three weightlifting world records in the Amateur Athletic Union, AAU, Junior Olympics powerlifting competition held in Houston, Texas.

The two-day event included 76 lifters from seven states and the UK, ranging from 6 years old to college age.

Brisker competed in the 13/14-year-old, 220-pound weight division.

His record-breaking lifts were a 462-pound squat, 325-pound bench press and a 512-pound deadlift at 205-pounds bodyweight.

"I think I did pretty well," he said.

He qualified for the event last spring and said he focused on training to break the three records.

He succeeded.

"I started weightlifting for football the summer before my freshman year," he said,

"and I realized it helped me build my strength not only physically, but emotionally, too."

Brisker is an honor student at Milton, and also participates in track and field, wrestling and football.

Milton football coach Howie DeCristofaro said the school is proud of his accomplishments.

"He's one of those players that doesn't need much motivation to do the right things in the classroom, the weight room or the football field," he said.

Brisker's weightlifting accomplishments earned him the Milton football team's prestigious Steel Talon award.

The Steel Talon Club is Milton football's top honor for offseason/preseason conditioning and strength.

Team members earn recognition by lifting over 1,200 pounds combined for clean, bench and squat lifts.

Milton track and field coach Lonnie Estes is proud of Brisker's accomplishments. "Micco is a great kid and a dynamic athlete," Estes said. "He has the ability to excel in whatever sport he chooses. I look forward to watching him grow and develop as a high school athlete."

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